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One problem in the USA, that Conservatives know about, is that if you start giving out "Free Stuff" in one city or suburb, that ends up attracting people from all across the country, state or city. What money you do allocate to help your local poor, then has to be shared between a greater number of people.
The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.
Contemporary researchers often differentiate between two types of empathy: “Affective empathy” refers to the sensations and feelings we get in response to others’ emotions; this can include mirroring what that person is feeling, or just feeling stressed when we detect another’s fear or anxiety. “Cognitive empathy,” sometimes called “perspective taking,” refers to our ability to identify and understand other peoples’ emotions. Studies suggest that people with autism spectrum disorders have a hard time empathizing.
Empathy seems to have deep roots in our brains and bodies, and in our evolutionary history. Elementary forms of empathy have been observed in our primate relatives, in dogs, and even in rats. Empathy has been associated with two different pathways in the brain, and scientists have speculated that some aspects of empathy can be traced to mirror neurons, cells in the brain that fire when we observe someone else perform an action in much the same way that they would fire if we performed that action ourselves. Research has also uncovered evidence of a genetic basis to empathy, though studies suggest that people can enhance (or restrict) their natural empathic abilities.
Having empathy doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll want to help someone in need, though it’s often a vital first step toward compassionate action.
Can you please show me where I did that?
If you knew me in real life - you would always assume I'm kidding.
There are times when being empathetic is a hindrance - or worse. I'll cop to that even if nobody else will - bad decisions are often made because of what way we feel
There are people who are better at certain things than the empaths - and we need those people
I hear so many people in this thread talk about their skills at empathy as if they're a super power - and golden as compared to more logical, rational or fact based thinking
So, I have a question - do you feel that our gift of empathy is infallible?